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The Rosie Result (Don Tillman, #3) by Graeme Simsion
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert GreeneHotel
Lonely Hearts by Heather O'Neill (NL)
Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky

09 April 2017

us the copycats


Isn’t it ironic? We, as writers, often struggle to find our unique voice. A voice which the world is willing to listen to (or read). A voice which is capable of conquering barriers and in a way leave the world slightly better. Yet, here in Medium, more often than not, I find my feed flooding with the same sort of posts.
  • How to be more productive.
  • 10 ways to start your morning.
  • How to be creative.
  • 10 things successful people do when waking up.
  • Is that cake making you sick?
  • How to gain more followers.
  • Ect. Ect.
If there is one type of post I dread since Marc & Angel Hack Life became popular, is posts about lists.

Yes, I hate lists.

I’ve tried writing them myself in order to give some structure to my thoughts, thus increase readership. I just could not put that final dot each and every time.

Why? Because I try to put myself in the reader’s perspective. As a reader, I want to read stories. I want to read why people are the way they are and achieve the things they achieve.

When I see a list, my brain immediately scans through the first part of each sentence or bullet point. So, if there is a list, chances are I will read the first 3 words, or header and skip to the next.

Why? Because it is most likely I already read them all in different ways, from different people, at different places. So, in the end, no, I do not read your list.

Here I am. Quite the novice in writing compared to many. Refusing to follow the crowd. Settling to a lower reader count.

Why? Because I know that those 10 readers did read my story. Because I do not write for the lazy. I do not write for the one in a hurry. I write for those who wish to know more. I write for those who wish to be inspired. I write to bring a bit of calm in the daily hectic life. For those who wish to experience something new.

I even have a role model. Here in Medium, your very own Hengtee Lim from Snippets. His stories are unique, they always bring me to the moment. I read them slowly and in peace. There is a zen-like rhythm to his words, and that feeling is exactly what I wish to convey in the end through my own writing.

Writing which brings you to the moment. Makes you appreciate the ordinary. Beautiful writing which makes a difference. Though I do not write every day, sometimes not every week, I still seek to write in meaningful ways.

To bring something new to the world, I seek to write with diversity.
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